Gun­ning for speed­ers

Cam­paign by young­sters

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS - Ross Thom­son

Speed­ing Shotts mo­torists felt the young arm of the law last week.

Shotts Po­lice Scot­land Youth Vol­un­teers were out in the town along with coun­cil­lors to high­light their speed­ing cam­paign.

As res­i­dents of Shotts and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, the youths were aware of the speed­ing prob­lem and wanted to do some­thing about it.

PC Su­san Rooney said: “Sev­eral of the worst ar­eas were iden­ti­fied and ar­range­ments were made with the Lo­cal Prob­lem Solv­ing Team to as­sist with the cam­paign.

“The two ar­eas cov­ered were Springhill Road, Shotts and Main Street, Harthill.

Leaflets and ad­vice were handed out by the PSYV to the driv­ers who were stopped by uni­formed of­fi­cers.

“The re­sponse from the driv­ers who were stopped and ad­vised re­gard­ing their speed was pos­i­tive and due to the suc­cess of this event sev­eral other days will be planned and ar­eas iden­ti­fied.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and are look­ing for­ward to fur­ther cam­paigns.”

Vol­un­teers took the chance to have a go at the speed gun along with coun­cil­lors Martin McCul­loch, Clare Quigley and Tommy Cochrane.

New min­is­ter Rev Jonathan Aber­nethy-Barkley also took the chance to come along.

The Shotts PSYV was es­tab­lished in Au­gust last year and cur­rently has 16 mem­bers aged be­tween 13 and 15.

They will be re­cruit­ing new mem­bers in Au­gust when the schools re­turn from their sum­mer break.

PC Rooney added: “The max­i­mum num­ber of vol­un­teers we can have is 24 and they can stay with us un­til they are 18. So far it has been a real suc­cess. There is a sim­i­lar scheme in Hamil­ton but the Shotts PSYV has re­ally taken off.

“Par­ents have been telling us that since their chil­dren have joined us their self con­fi­dence has im­proved and they are en­joy­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Adult vol­un­teer Mags Mur­phy with guide dog Percy

Top team Po­lice, vol­un­teers and Shotts coun­cil­lors

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